Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

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Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) A hardy native, the Ash is a cold,  drought and alkali tolerant medium to large tree. Ash grows to 30-40 feet in height. It is hardy to zone 1. Diecious, this tree has both male and female varieties. Since the onset of Dutch elm disease, Green Ash has been over-planted in urban and conservation settings as a replacement for the American Elm. 

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Buds on the male tree are large and prone to eriophyid mite damage.

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Foliage is dark green, with leaves that are 10-12 inches long, and divided into 5-9 leaflets that are each 4 to 6 inches in length. Foliage can be damaged by the Ash leaf-curl aphid and the Brown-headed Ash sawfly.

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Fall Foliage is a bright gold.

ash seeds (1704 bytes) Seeds (on the female tree) are wind-borne and can be messy.
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Bark is ash-gray to brownish on older branches and furrowed into close diamond-shaped areas separated by narrow interlacing ridges.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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